People and Groups
The people of Lawrence are what make it unique, and the spiritual life on campus has a presence as unique as the students and staff. Staff, dialogue facilitators and student organizations work within their own faith and also build bridges among different faith practices to better understand the community around them.
Beyond campus, students can meet with a variety of spiritual leaders in the community.
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is housed within the second floor of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, located at the corner of Meade and Alton streets. Professional office staff includes the the Dean and Chaplain, the Associate Dean, the Practices Fellow, and the Administrative Assistant/House Coordinator. We proudly employ students as assistants, specialists, and Interfaith Activators. Interfaith Activators assist the office in the facilitation and operation of a safe multifaith environment and serve as our link to students and faithbased groups. Taize' Interns plan and lead our bi-weekly Taize' services that are held at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and All Saints Episcopal church.
Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain to the University
Joining Lawrence University in September 2016, Linda Morgan-Clement brings a passion for interfaith dialogue and does the daily work of encouraging the Lawrence community to embrace relationships within and in service to spirituality. As Dean and Chaplain, she provides direction in and around faith by encouraging collaborative approaches to weaving the campus community together wherever possible. Creating a brave and safe space, offering pastoral care, teaching, ministering locally, and being a stable campus touch point are just a few of the ways that Linda serves Lawrence.
Linda Morgan-Clement earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll University, a master of divinity degree from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
In August of 2018 the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life rekindled a relationship with Terra Winston, an alumna of Lawrence University. As Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, Terra enhances the office by building dialogues across campus, providing spiritual care to the students, staff and faculty, and also bring a presence that strengthens the ideals of inclusivity and collaboration. Terra's unique role allows her to provide substantial focus and concentration as the liaison and adviser for campus student religious organizations, as well as those groups who are in a nesting pattern of less structured spiritual organization.
Terra's degrees include a master of religious studies degree from the University of Chicago, a master of divinity degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary and a master of theology degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life
Lawrence welcomes alumna Amber Latimer as the first Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life. As a former Director and Assistant Director for the Gap Experience Program at St. Norbert College, Amber has firsthand experience mentoring emerging adults and helping them navigate their transformative college years. Her dedication to serving students will allow her to focus on the impact of programming within the office. Amber's personal and professional travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, and Europe. These travels together with her life experience and work in therapeutic wilderness environments brings with it a balanced approach to global issues, a commitment to learning and educating, and a respect for the work of Lawrence and the Spiritual and Religious Life office.
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her partner and their dog, spending time with family, and catching up with her friends - many of whom she met as a student at LU.
Administrative Assistant / House Coordinator
As a support to the Dean and Coordinator for the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Karen began her time at Lawrence in February 2017. She is a strong supporter of the many students, staff and faculty that come to the Center. Being part of the 'student life' side of the higher education community allows her to contribute to the development of a person as a whole, which she considers important work that happens in a university setting. Being able to support those efforts through the lens of faith and spirituality is a gift and a privilege.
As a lover of walks, belly rubs, and squirrel watching, Mudd has found himself a splendidly happy dog within the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. While he spends most of his time upstairs, he always enjoys greeting students in the living room and finds fulfillment in bringing joy to all he encounters. You can find him in the building most Tuesdays alongside Amber, as that's his day to steal the show during Take a Hike - a walking program offered to first year students.
As an occasional visitor to the Center, Etta has been visiting since 2017 and enjoys the lovely window views of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, which are at exactly her eye level. A little shy, she is never without her neck 'dresses' and sometimes tries to communicate with her doggie voice. She is up to three human sounding words and phrases. She tries to sneak time on the Center couches, but don't be surprised if she simply plops at your feet for a nap. Etta loves Lawrentians.
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Assistant
Originally from O'ahu, Hawai'i, Taylor is a first-year student majoring in violin performance. In her free time, she loves to maintain balance in her life by bullet-journaling, listening to music, and making arts and crafts.
Nafis Ahmed Munim
Nafis is a first year international student with interests in computer science, economics, math and data science. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, competitive programming, and improving the elegance of his algorithms. He is also an economics tutor on campus.
Pandemic Hospitality Student Liaison
Born in New York City but raised in Mexico, Arlet is a first-year student who is planning on majoring in biochemistry, with the hope of becoming a physician. She loves to take walks, listen to music, and spend time with family. A new love of tutoring K-12 students is also developing while at Lawrence.
Pandemic Hospitality Student Liaison
Ashley is a second year student from Denver, Colorado with a passion for writing. Interested in being a counselor in a clinical setting, Ashley is planning on majoring in Psychology.
If you are interested in becoming a student employee in the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, please visit Handshake via the Lawrence Link.